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IceMilk Aprons was featured today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as part of the Southern Recipe Restoration Project.

Let me start by saying, what a true honor to be featured as part of this wonderful project. The Southern Recipe Restoration Project includes a panel of renown chefs and is rooted in the belief that the heirloom recipes of Southern mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and on should be preserved, captured and shared for generations to come. A project after my own heart!

Click here to read the full AJC article which profiles the story of me & my Grandmother Cele Marcoux and shares three of her beloved recipes: Frozen Lime-Mint Salad, Copycat Fudge Sauce, and Calypso Pie.

Thank you to dear Susan Puckett who spent a great deal of time with me, hearing my story, getting all the nuances and for her appreciation for this great project and the wonderful heirloom Southern recipes preserved for years to come!

img_0253One thing off our IceMilk Aprons “To Do” list was completed this week with a very special meeting of Ms. Martha Stewart herself.

Martha was in Atlanta for a special book signing of her two delightful (and handy) books Cooking School and Cookies, and also doing a special segment for her March 5th show at the wonderful Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world.

There were many, many wonderful folks whom I met while waiting in line sporting my IceMilk Apron, as they served glasses of milk & cookies from the book to the crowd in true Martha fashion.

While there are so many wonderful things I can say, I will keep it to two. Firstly, Martha was even more lovely than I could have imagined. Simply beautiful, wonderfully sweet and genuine in her time with each guest. Secondly, I was able to give Martha a gift of an IceMilk Apron of her very own – which was such a treat and I am thrilled to say she now has one of her very own.

In my excitement I completely blew my photo opportunity with Martha. Lovely. However this little gem is a photo I took of her after she has signed my Cookie book, with her & another guest, just for you to enjoy!


As wedding season gets into full swing, IceMilk Aprons provides a meaningful gift idea for brides-to-be.

Amidst the wedding registries and bridal showers, a monogrammed gift provides the perfect way for new brides to celebrate their new initial. With two custom monogram styles, IceMilk Aprons allows you to mix & match to suit the new brides personal style & taste.

Aside from the monogram detailing, an apron makes an ideal statement gift for new brides, who will be soon settling into a new home, with new kitchen gear, new meals to cook and a whole host of reasons to entertain. She will be sure to get a good deal of use from her lovely new apron gift.

Last but certainly not least, each IceMilk Apron comes with its own “Heirloom Kit” which includes blank recipe cards, Heritage Tag, and Apron story card. Imagine this gift coming from a new mother-in-law, welcoming the new bride the family with a stack of family recipes and a lovely new family name monogrammed apron. What a special heirloom gift to be treasured for years to come.

And of course, IceMilk Aprons gift packages make a lovely gift for bridal parties as brides are racking their brains on what to get their closest friends in thanks for their support & lasting friendship.

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tcmnewlogoWe are excited to announce our feature today on Teacake Martini which is a blog dedicated to sharing the word about “The Little Luxuries of Life.” What a wonderful place for us to be included.

Click here to read the full story – and be sure to subscribe to this wonderful blog!

A special thanks to Atlanta blogger, Maryan for all of her support of IceMilk Aprons.

51The Rollings of Cinnamon apron holds a special significance, as do all the aprons in our Heritage Collection – and this full apron was inspired by my lovely Mother, Judy Leckey.

Rollings of Cinnamon is an ode to her divine cinnamon rolls that have graced our plates for many breakfasts past. I love, love, love the cinnamon rolls. And lucky for all of us, there are two special cinnamon roll recipes that Mom makes.

The first is what we call the “crescent” cinnamon rolls. A doughy log filled with gooey cinnamon filling and topped with a powdered sugar icing glaze. A quick & easy recipe perfect for any breakfast dish. The second is the coveted “pie crust” cinnamon rolls. These take just a little more time, craft & care – but are well worth it. Sliced into small individual pinwheel cinnamon rolls – the dough is a flaky pie crust and the filling is more a dry cinnamon streusel filling.

Check back with us tomorrow for the very special cinnamon rolls recipe from Mom. And, click to view more on the Rollings of Cinnamon full apron from IceMilk Aprons.

We are pleased to share with you that IceMilk Aprons was recently featured on GourmetByMail.com, a wonderful online resource for all things gourmet. Our “Rollings of Cinnamon” apron was featured on the site as a featured product for “Serving in Style.”

GourmetByMail is a wonderful site about finding quality gourmet products from the best online specialty shops. Thank you to Erika Pitera at GourmetByMail for featuring us – I do hope you will check out their site and the wonderful products they have to share for all your kitchen & gourmet needs.

Click to read the full story.

61 Our difference at IceMilk Aprons can be found in our mission – inspiring others to preserve their heritage. And our new line of heirloom aprons helps you do just that.

To help accomplish our mission, we include an “Heirloom Kit” with each IceMilk Apron.  The Heirloom Kit instantly takes you from apron to heirloom. It is my hope that each apron is treasured part of your life that will one day be passed down through the generations of your family.

The Heirloom Kit includes a “Heritage Tag” that is meant to capture generations of your family by having each woman in your family stitch their initials onto the Heritage Tag.  Your mother, your grandmother, even your great grandmother.  You then stitch your own initials onto the tag and stitch it to the inside of your apron – wearing it proudly.  One day, you will be able to pass the apron down to your children, having them stitch their own initials alongside generations of your family. And hopefully, passing down family recipes that have been influential in creating memories throughout your life, along with the skills needed to truly cook from scratch.

For more on our Heirloom Aprons and our signature Heirloom Kit, I do hope you will visit our website www.icemilkaprons.com.

The Apronista

I am thrilled to share with you that IceMilk Aprons was featured today on the ever-so-wonderful Apronista blog. The Apronista is the authority on all things aprons, so we are just so honored to be featured.

Click here to read the story.

Many thanks to Deanna for featuring us this week and for adding us to her Apronista blog roll! We have added The Apronista to our places you “Simply Must Visit” and do hope you will check out the wonderful blog.

Each of our 6 aprons in the Heritage Collection of IceMilk Aprons was named after an

influential person in my life. Each apron name was created to be quirky and vauge enough that someone could interpret each in a way that was meaningful to them, but each also holds a very specific and purposeful memory for me.

The “Frosty Tin Marshmallows” apron was inspired by my Grandmother – Cele Marcoux. From the post below you can pull the real recipe from her collection.

The Frozen Lime-Mint Salads were honestly a side dish for each and every holiday I can remember ever having at Grandma’s.  And there were many variations (apricot/walnut being the most memorable – yick) that were tested over the years – but Lime-Mint was definitely the fail-safe.

No only was the recipe a given, but the way in which the little treats were presented. Each salad was carefully prepared a few days before the holiday in its own silver aluminum (“tin”) muffin cup, the mixture prepared and the cups filled and then stuck in the freezer.  The day-of, my sister and I would usually have the task of setting the table, filling the drinks and preparing the frozen salad plates.

We always ate on either one of two china sets that our Grandparents had, one of which I know have, and the other my sister has. Using the bread plate as the setting, we would carefully lay a large leaf of bibb lettuce across each plate and then perch the frosty salads atop – ready to serve! Each lettuce leaf was pre-washed, separated and carefully stored in a ziploc bag with paper towel to soak up the extra water – Grandma was big on pre-prepping everything days in advance.

I think we would all glance across the table and smile at each other as our little frosty treats sit in front of each of us as part of the holiday spread. I can’t say they were anyone’s favorite part of the meal in terms of being the most wonderful side dish, but I would guarantee that any one of our family members would surely claim it as the most memorable holiday dish, a tradition that will surely continue.

And so it is – thanks to Grandma – Frosty Tin Marshmallows for all!

Click to view the apron story.

Ahhh, the never-ending question.  “How did you come up with the name IceMilk Aprons? What is ice milk?” An understandable question.

Technically …Ice milk is a frozen treat, similar to ice cream, but instead is made with skim milk, having less than 10% milk fat and the same sweetner content as ice cream.

It is believed to have originated sometime around 1840, and was a commonly-known dessert until 1994, when the Food & Drug Administration rules allowed for “ice milk” to be called “low fat ice cream” – and thus, the term has become virtually distinct from our vocabulary (and freezer aisles).

So the name … why the name IceMilk Aprons? While the term may be extinct for most – not the case in our family.  As a child, my sister & I would travel down several times each year to visit Grandma & Grandpa.  There were two things we loved most (besides seeing them, of course) about our trips: 1) the Grab Bag 2) Supper.

The Grab Bag was a blue fishnet bag with large plastic rings, filled to the brim with random items that Grandma had collected since our last trip.  Puzzles, sunglasses, pens, and trinkets galore.  We would take turns closing our eyes and reaching (grabbing) into the Grab Bag until we had exhausted the items.

Supper, just as exciting, was an absolute delight! With the Grab Bag, you never knew what to expect, but with Supper – we knew exactly what was coming.  Not a trip went by without partaking in the infamous meal of Belgian waffles, fresh fruit and ice milk. Where this came from, I haven’t a clue, but Grandma would make it for us each time. To this day, she is the only person I know that always referred to it as ice milk.

A cherished memory and forgotten term seemed the perfect inspiration for our heirloom aprons. And so, IceMilk Aprons it was.

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